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StarCrash (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray] (1978) (1978)

David Hasselhoff , Christopher Plummer , Luigi Cozzi  |  PG |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer, Caroline Munro, Marjoe Gortner
  • Directors: Luigi Cozzi
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "StarCrash (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray] (1978)" on IMDb

Special Features

New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1) And DTS 5.1 Surround Sound

Audio Commentary By Writer And Starcrash Expert Stephen Romano

A Look At The Film’s Special Effects With Special Effects Director Armando Valcauda Including Unused Footage, Rare Photos, Original Drawings And More

New Interview With Writer/Director Luigi Cozzi (aka Lewis Coates)

New Interview With Actress Caroline Munro Discussing Her Time As Stella Star And A Look At Her Career

Extensive Stills Galleries Including Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters, Stills, Original Production Art And Storyboards

Behind-The-Scenes Footage With Commentary

Deleted And Extended Scenes

Theatrical Trailer

Theatrical Trailer With Commentaries By Eli Roth And Joe Dante, Courtesy Of Trailersfromhell

12-Page Booklet With Liner Notes By Stephen Romano

The Original Script (DVD-ROM)

And Much More!!

Editorial Reviews

Prepare yourself for a vintage science fiction adventure film you will never forget, as the sultry Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and her alien sidekick Akton (Marjoe Gortner) team up with robot lawman Elle (Judd Hamilton) on a high adventure to save the universe. It is a cosmic mash-up of daring escapes, wild special effects, beautiful women in sexy space bikinis and nonstop action on a dozen alien worlds. Roger Corman presents the ultimate European space opera, a colorful and dazzling chase through the galaxy that will blast you through the blackness of a hundred million nights!

Kicked into hyperspace by a maelstrom of ingenious low-budget special effects and the talents of Academy Award winning composer John Barry, the film was a smash hit in 1979 when the wild and humorous sci-fi adventure hit theatres. For over 30 years the film has gained a massive cult following, inspiring devoted legions of Crashers, fan clubs and more. Now, for the first time on Blu-ray, the film is presented in a deluxe two-disc special edition.

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87 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Entertainment September 8, 2010
Luigi Cozzi's Star Crash (a/k/a The Adventures of Stella Star) is one of my all-time favorite movies. Usually dismissed as a cheap Italian Star Wars knock-off, it's actually much, much more than that: it's a cheap Italian knock-off of all three Flash Gordon serials, Barbarella, hundreds of pulp space operas and comic books, and a half-dozen Ray Harryhausen movies.

It literally has everything: a scantily clad heroine, a comic relief robot, stop-motion monsters, lightsabre duels, space amazons, space troglodytes, a galactic villain with a beer belly, ray guns, ludicrous spaceship miniatures, beach ball planets, blinking Christmas tree light stars, an eclectic international cast that includes Joe Spinell, David Hasselhoff, Marjoe Gortner, Robert Tessier, and an apparently stoned-out-of-his-mind Christopher Plummer... and a marvelous musical score by Academy Award-winning composer John Barry!

I've long lamented that there wasn't a quality, authorized DVD edition of this personal favorite available, and the thought that in a few days I'll have a high-definition, widescreen copy on Blu-Ray is exciting. Ever since I read director Cozzi's article about the origins of and the making of the film in Future magazine (anyone remember that companion mag to Starlog, later known as Future Life?) back in '77, I've been fascinated with the film, and when I finally saw it on VHS with some friends around 1990, I couldn't believe just how much giddy, shameless, stupid fun it was.

There isn't much I don't love about the movie, to be honest. Caroline Munro is gorgeous, the special effects are psychedelic, the characters so ridiculous and earnest... it's pure, rainy Saturday afternoon bliss, and vastly more entertaining than ANY of the Star Wars prequels or the mind-numbingly boring and overrated Avatar.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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A piddly 3 stars as average rating? C'mon Basic Instinct 2 has the same rating (at least as I'm writing this), and it's nowhere near as fun (or any fun at all, actually)! I don't know that I have anything to really add to the reviews that tout this as extremely entertaining camp; I can tell you that I only became aware of this film in September 2010 when it came out on DVD and Blu-ray. I read the reviews from the DVD reviewing sites and decided that, being a lover of science fiction and of campy movies, I would love it. So I bought it sight unseen and have become completely obsessed by it. A framed poster is now in my living room, I check ebay periodically for other Starcrash merchandise, and have seen it numerous times. Now, I'm not saying that everyone will love it in the (possibly maniacal) way I do, but I will say there's a very good chance those who enjoy science fiction and cheesy movies will at least like it. And there are numerous positives to a film that I may be making sound completely disposable: the score by John Barry is frequently beautiful, the often colorful cinematography looks great (especially on the Blu-ray) and it has David Hasselhoff! You can't lose...
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starcash June 13, 2010
This film simply lacked "true" space opera common sense and seemed from the outset to be nothing but an awful Star Wars (1977) copy. I was hesitant to go as high as 5 stars but I suppose the basic premise of the film is acceptable enough, it is an enjoyably awful, cheese space film.

I find Starcrash (1978) very stirring and exciting. At its heart, it is a close relative of the klutzy Italian giallo films, a swashbuckling Star epic full of political space color, ridiculous special effects, dumb intrigue, and moral danger in space. Christopher Plummer emerges as a memorable villain, and David Hasselhoff's presence is enough to further increase the mystique of the Hasselhoff cheese legacy. I sense some unbalance in this movie. The script is so bad that it makes Marjoe Gortner and Joe Spinell look lame but Caroline Munro wearing a bikini is hot.

Starcrash (1978) is underrated cheese and more imaginative than most cheese space films ever shot.

Not only does this movie entertain kids of all ages but it holds up well to repeat viewings and earns the right to be called a "cheese space classic".
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39 of 54 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy space opera coming to Blu-Ray June 14, 2010
I remember seeing this movie on many a Saturday afternoon when I was young. Back then I loved it. Today I am fully aware of its shortcomings. That being said I still enjoy it, only this time the "cool" factor has dropped down several notches since I was a kid and the "cheesy" factor has kicked in. This movie might be fun for different reasons than I had before, but it's still fun.

I find it interesting that this movie is being released under the Roger Corman's Cult Classics moniker considering Corman had NOTHING to do with it. It was directed (and written) by Luigi Cozzi. It was originally conceived as a Harryhausen Sinbad type adventure in space rip-off, but then Star Wars came along so Luigi upped the production schedule and added George Lucas' classic on the list of stuff he borrowed from.

Bear in mind this is one of those Italian-made productions and it was obviously trying to capitalize on the success of Star Wars. Starcrash is definitely along the lines of a classic space opera, and when I say that I mean everything including tiny budgets and short production schedules. Star Wars it aint, but if you think about it Starcrash is truer to the genre.

The movie takes ideas from a lot of places. Of course there is the aforementioned Harryhausen ideas when "borrowing" concepts for their stop motion model work. The sword fight with the robots and the giant Amazon robot are direct rip offs of two notable scenes by the master Harryhausen himself. Of course Star Wars got milked too, but not nearly as much as you might think. Most likely the light sabers were ripped off and that villain's name, Zarth Arn, sounds way too close to not be derivative of Star Wars' Vader. The plot kinda sits there and some of the scenes make very little sense.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars so bad that it has been declaired a disease thru out the nine cheeze...
This movie is beyond endurance. It has only been 5 minutes and has already destroyed my ability to think. t.t.f.n.
Published 1 day ago by John L Bales
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Crash with Caroline Munroe
Good "B" movie for it's time.
Special effects were not bad considering there weren't any computer generated images back in 1978.
Published 1 day ago by James Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Science Theater Worthy
This caught my eye because it had Marjoe Gortner and Christopher Plummer. Basically an attempted Star Wars ripoff that's noteworthy because it's so wretched. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Daniel Coulter
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid movie.3 rd rate sci-fi.
I can't believe I liked this when I was a kid.I am almost embarassed to say I brought it.There are a few things that keep the boat afloat. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bent steel.
3.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I could see how people would find this movie silly but for a low budget movie it's pretty entertaining . Read more
Published 5 days ago by Randy L. Cain
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Just awful. Don't bother. Makes grade B movies look like Academy Award winners. Doesn't deserve one star. Not even for hard core sci-fi fans.
Published 12 days ago by Paul LoGrasso
1.0 out of 5 stars Starcrash
Awful, a poor spaghetti sci-fi flic. This is one I won't watch a second time. I usually watch movies many times.
Published 14 days ago by Lawrence Ellerbruch
1.0 out of 5 stars what a complete waste of time
I can't believe someone paid to have this film made. Hollywood obviously believes America will blow money on anything...well they are right about that.
Published 22 days ago by Damian Hebert
1.0 out of 5 stars A Very Entertaining Early Star Wars Knockoff
This is a bad film. Unquestionably. It's a cheap imitation of Star Wars made by people who didn't understand Star Wars. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars campy with hard sifi elements
pretty good! like a B movie with an A list director.
A little bit campy with hard sifi elements.
Published 28 days ago by Fenir
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